Tag Archives: Sig P226

Put those German Sigs in the safe

In 1951, arms maker J. P. Sauer und Sohn GmbH relocated from Suhl in then Soviet-occupied East Germany and set up shop in Eckernförde near the city of Kiel.

In 1976, the firm was purchased by Swiss firearms giant SIG, forming Sig Sauer– largely to have an outlet to fulfill overseas orders for guns like the P220 without having to cut through layers of Swiss red tape.

This also led to a huge series of West German police contracts for the P225/P6 handgun.

After that, Sig Sauer came to America, where it has expanded operations in a big way ever since. Today, the U.S. branch of the company employs 2,300 and is responsible for most of the recent R&D.

Meanwhile, the original German branch of Sig Sauer has atrophied to just 130 employees.

By 2021, there will reportedly be -zero- left in Germany.

More in my column at Guns.com.

A tale of 10,000 troopers: SIG lands state police contracts left and right

In the world of domestic law enforcement, some of the largest and best-respected departments in the country are those of the state police and highway patrols. It only makes sense that the firearms they carry and use tend to be the subject of attention by not only other agencies seeking to cut to the chase, but also by civilian shooters looking for proven self-defense guns. Well, in the past month no less than three states have gone SIG.

Read the rest in my column at University of Guns

The Sig X5: Three Pounds of Target Slaying Steel

Sig Sauer, formed from a venture between Swiss military armament concern SIG and West German sporting firearms maker JP Sauer and Sons, is known for some of the best military service pistols in modern history. The bread and butter of this line has since the 1980s been the P226 model which is so good that the Navy SEALs, who could have used any pistol in production in the world, chose this gun as thier own.

Well, after making a name for themselves with their combat guns, Sig decided in 2004 to improve the gun for use as a precision target piece for competition users.

This led to the X5…

(Oh how sweet it is!)

(Oh how sweet it is!)

Read the rest in my column at University of Guns